The storm went through the Ruskin Heights neighborhood sometime between 7 and 8 pm, perhaps around 7:20 or so. Before that the tornado hit Spring Hill, KS and Martin City.
Whenever I see really bad tornado damage pictures, I think of many of the archived photos I have seen of the Ruskin tornado--trees with their bark peeled off, cars flipped over, houses just piles of sticks. Probably the most impressive is the photo shown on the Kansas City Star's front page--the photo shows the path of the tornado as it made its destructive way from the southwest, moving northeast through the neighborhood of modest single family homes.
Even though the number of people who have first hand experience of this storm gets smaller as the years go by, each year yields a tornadic storm that reminds us all of the power of nature. Photos from top to bottom--the morning Kansas City Times of May 21, 1957, the afternoon Kansas City Star of May 21, 1957 and that week's Jackson County Advocate, May 23, 1957.